|GSCS Monthly Meeting 9-30-20 Agenda|
September 30, 2020
Call to Order and Introductions—Dr. David Aderhold, Superintendent, West-Windsor-Plainsboro
Introduction of Guest Speaker: Deborah Cornavaca, Deputy Chief of Staff of Outreach for Governor Phil Murphy)
President’s Report—Dr. Aderhold
Minutes: Annual Meeting 2019 (inadvertently omitted from May 2020 virtual Annual Meeting), February 2020 Meeting (See below)
Approve 2020-2021 Officers Slate (inadvertently omitted from May 2020 Annual Meeting). See slate below.
Treasurer’s Report—Dr. Michael LaSusa, Superintendent, School District of the Chathams
Executive Director’s Report—Betsy Ginsburg
Closing Remarks—Dr. Aderhold
Next Virtual Meeting: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 3:30 pm. Guest speaker: Dr. Maurice Elias, Prof. of Psychology; Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab; Co-Director, Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service
Upcoming: GSCS will co-host the annual Legislative Session at the NJSBA/NJASA/NJASBO Virtual Fall Conference on Wednesday, October 25 at 12 noon. Access information will be forthcoming.
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS --2020-2021
President David Aderhold
Superintendent, West Windsor-Plainsboro
Vice President Nancy Norris Bauer
Board Representative, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Vice President Bernadette McCausland
Board Representative, Paramus
Treasurer Michael LaSusa
Superintendent, School District of the Chathams
Officer at Large Christine Burton
Past Presidents Daniel Fishbein
Superintendent, Freehold Regional
Trustee Districts (Class of 2023)
GSCS Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Mountain View Elementary School, Flanders, NJ
February 26, 2020
Treasurer Michael LaSusa, acting as president in the absence of David Aderhold, called the meeting to order at 7:245pm with group introductions and a warm welcome.
Executive Director (ED) Betsy Ginsberg introduced Dr. Linda P. Eno, Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Academics and Performance for the New Jersey Department of Education. Dr. Eno reviewed the NJ DOE Computer Science State Plan 2019. Dr. Eno asked us to consider the principals of Equality - everyone benefits from the same support and Equity - when everyone gets the support they need and finally Justice - when the cause of the inequality is addressed. Dr. Eno reports that NJ is on a path to post secondary success where students will be able to earn at least 6 college credits related to their post-secondary plans in a field of computer science with industry valued credentials and related work experience. A top goal is that the student’s exit plan from high school should align with readiness with their post-secondary plans and that post-secondary plans should match up with labor demands in our State. Computer Science is a wage group with faster job growth for NJ as compared to other states in the northeast. The State also has a goal to close racial and gender gaps in employment in NJ. One immediate goal is developing talent to match job growth in NJ. Job Data shows Computer Science workers earn an average salary of $107,000 with approximately 16, 138 jobs and currently only 1,642 computer science graduates. Our goal should be to build the capacity of educators to deliver what the job market needs. A member questioned the number of seats open to students in higher education for computer science? Dr. Eno agreed the State needs to expand opportunities to meet the volume of demand. The State wishes to increase funding in each of the next 2 fiscal cycles with $2 million in budget FY 2019 and FY 2020. In NJ 29 high schools offer Advanced Placement Computer Science courses. In 2020 professional development hubs will be offered to staff after the training is developed through grants. The State encourages districts to partner with universities to offer professional development to teachers. Offering computer science courses early in high school helps all develop the skills that they need. The State will encourage cyber security and computer programming and need to find the ability to design curriculum to share with high schools.
Dr Eno will send information to Betsy for News and Notes for a Rutgers grant offered in July 2020 missing 20 slots for high school teachers only and participants must come up with plans that engage students of color.
Discussion points included:
ED Ginsberg thanked our guest and distributed her Executive Director’s Report dated February 26, 2020 which detailed the Governor’s Budget speech and gave an update on legislative developments, reviewed significant bills pending and GSCS’s actions and shared developments from the most recent State BOE meeting.
The next meeting of GSCS will be held March 25th, 2020 East Brunswick, NJ at 3:30 pm featuring John Mooney founding editor of New Jersey Spotlight as our guest speaker. Our April 2020 meeting will include guest speaker Jack Ciattarelli who recently declared his intention to run for governor and is always interesting and involved in education. In May we look forward to hosting our Annual Meeting which we hope will have the theme “Persistence of Time or the Lack of Time to Persist “.
Treasurer’s Report – Dr. Michael LaSusa, Treasurer distributed the report. Motion to approve Treasurer Report made by Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Ridgewood Superintendent and seconded by Dr. Michael LaSusa, District of the Chatham’s Superintendent. Voice Vote motion unanimous
Minutes were distributed to members. Motion to approve the Minutes of January 29th, 2020 made by Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Ridgewood Superintendent and seconded by Dr. Michael LaSusa, District of the Chatham’s Superintendent. Voice Vote motion unanimous.
Motion to adjourn made by Ken Rota Fort Lee Public Schools Superintendent and seconded by Dr. Michael LaSusa, District of the Chatham’s Superintendent. Voice Vote motion unanimous. The meeting was adjourned at 8:42 pm
Bernadette McCausland, Vice President
Minutes of the Garden State Coalition of Schools Annual Meeting
May 29, 2019
The Forsgate Country Club
Dr. Jorden Schiff opened the meeting at 9:05 am. The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “New Jersey Education: The Best Public Investment”. Dr. Schiff began by introducing our keynote speakers and our panel of guests moderated by John Mooney, education writer and founder of NJ Spotlight online in 2009.
Keynote speakers: Ms. Tammy Snyder Murphy, First Lady of New Jersey and Dr. Lamont Repollet, NJ Commissioner of Education
Panel gathered for discussion:
Minutes of last annual meeting were distributed to the members. Motion to approve Minutes of 2018 Annual Meeting made by Kathy Judge, Vice President GSCS, Seconded by Ken Rota, Superintendent Fort Lee. Voice Vote motion passes
Kathy Judge, Vice President GSCS and Chair of the Nomination Committee presented the Nominating Committee’s slate for GSCS Officers and Trustees for 2019-21. Trustees will serve for 3 year terms. Motion to accept nominations for office and trustees made by Kathy Judge, and seconded by Scott McCartney Superintendent, Moorestown. Voice vote unanimous
Dr. David Aderhold, outgoing treasurer of GSCS reported on the status of our financials. Good news that our cash balances are healthy and expected to continue to grow. One plan under consideration is to offer member districts access to professional development with details to be determined in the Fall of 2019. Motion to accept Treasurer’s Report Dirk Phillips, Glen Ridge Superintendent, and seconded by Kathy Judge, Vice President GSCS. Voice vote unanimous.
Dr. Schiff introduced the slate of officers to be voted on for the 2019-2020 year. As president he expressed the thought that GSCS will continue to grow to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
New President: Dr. David Aderhold, Superintendent, West Windsor-Plainsboro
Vice President: Nancy Norris Bauer, Board Representative, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Vice President: Bernadette McCausland, Board Representative, Paramus
Treasurer: Michael LaSusa Superintendent, The Chathams
Officer at Large: Christine Burton, Superintendent, Millburn
Motion to accept the slate of officers for 2019-2020 made by Dirk Phillips, Glen Ridge Superintendent, and seconded by Kathy Judge, Vice President GSCS. Voice vote unanimous.
At 9:15 am Executive Director Betsy Ginsberg spoke to welcome some distinguished guests, Past Executive Director of GSCS, Lynne Strickland, Larry Feinsod, Director of NJSBA both of whom have been with GSCS from the beginning. Ginsberg also thanked Christine Nutall and Suzanne Hart for their help to host today’s meeting. Ginsberg shared her thoughts about growing closer to new friends and hosting distinguished speakers for our monthly meetings. GSCS fought for additional aid and funding, security issues and testified and spoke out in various publications. Our goal continues to be to increase awareness in Trenton and our opinion is increasingly relied on by legislators. Mental Health will be the theme for our next year and we will develop a new website that will be more user friendly. We will continue to communicate with our members through our vast outreach network and ask everyone to continue to contact us with and for information. Ginsberg thanked Dr. Jorden Schiff for his years of service as President of GSCS. She also thanked Kathy Judge for many years of representing Cherry Hill serving as GSCS Vice President and for offering her wise voice. She said that Kathy has been a great source of support to Ginsberg. Finally, Ginsberg thanked Margaret Hayes, Superintendent of Scotch Plains for 13 years as superintendent worked after 17 years as a district employee. Hayes attended almost every one of our GSCS meetings and always offered her intelligence, good humor and wisdom.
Panel is seated at 945am. Topics discussed with questions from the audience include
Panel discussion ended with a compliment from the guest legislators who spoke of the invaluable dialog at today’s meeting. They encourage us to continue to talk to them (the legislature) whether we live in their voting district or not.
ED Betsy Ginsberg thanked all of the participants. New elected GSCS President Dr. David Aderhold made his closing remarks. Aderhold recognized the contribution that our moderator, John Mooney made to our meeting. He encouraged all districts to attend our monthly meetings. Our goal is to educate those that make the policy decisions. It is critical for our voices to advocate for our children. Our critical issues include Funding, Charter Schools, Equity, PARCC, Pensions and Benefits, SGO/SGP, Healthcare, edTPA, School Safety, Teaching in a Period of Consolidation, Climate and Culture.
Meeting adjourned at 11:45 am.
Bernadette McCausland, Vice President GSCS
Garden State Coalition of Schools